Lobsters south of Cape Cod have plenty of reason to be blue. While strict catch limits have allowed populations in the Gulf of Maine to rebound dramatically, more southerly populations have continued to decline. Rising water temperatures are a likely culprit, leaving lobsters susceptible to disease and pushing them offshore into deeper, colder waters. The situation is dire enough that state fishery regulators are considering closing the lobster fishery temporarily.
So any good news about lobsters is welcome, even if it’s as light-hearted as this story.
One in five million lobsters is really blue – the color, not the emotional state. The Cape Cod Times’ slightly over-the-top Cape Cast crew visited some blue lobsters at Woods Hole’s Science Aquarium. With a little help, a few of these rare beauties are beating the odds.